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SAVANNAH, GA (July 2023) – United Way of the Coastal Empire proudly announces the 2023-2024 Board of Directors. United Way depends on volunteer leadership from the communities it serves to oversee the organization to accomplish its mission to improve lives. Board members began their duties on July 1, 2023.

Incoming Board Members:
Kathleen Anderson, Brasseler USA​
Somi Benson-Jaja, Shot by Somi Studios​
Chief Lenny Gunther, Savannah Police Department
Edna Jackson, Georgia State Representative​
Quentin Marlin, Ellis Painter Attorneys At Law​
Jamie McCurry, Georgia Ports Authority
Chris Smith, Hyundai Motor Group
Ansley Threlkeld, Attorney

Appointed Liaisons:
Agency Executive Council: Patti Lyons, Senior Citizens Inc.​
United Way Young Leaders: Tara Nobles, Colonial Group​
Bryan County Advisory Board: Jordan Urban, Pilot Co./Flying J​
Effingham County Advisory Board: Chance Ward, Goshen UMC​
Liberty County Advisory Board: Chris Stacy, Mayor of Riceboro

Executive Committee:
Board Chair: Ken Rabitsch​, Synovus
Board Vice Chair: Michael Kaigler​, Chatham County Government
Immediate Past Chair: Mark Bennett​, Gulfstream Aerospace
Campaign Chair: Jay Wilson​, International Paper
Campaign Vice Chair: Dr. Yancy Ford, Effingham County School District​
Treasurer: Mark Sprosty, SEDA​
Secretary: Cindy Robinett​, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard
Community Investments Chair: Sarah Jones​, Truist
Direct Services Chair: Joe Tallent​, Effingham Health System
Marketing Chair: Bob Klausmeier​, Verde Outdoor
Race Equity Opportunity Chair: Kimberly Ballard-Washington, Attorney
Strategic Plan Chair: Ryan Sewell​, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard
Volunteers Chair: Larry Silbermann, Communication/Media Consultant​
At-Large: Ryan Chandler​, Colonial Group, Inc.
At-Large: Terry Enoch​, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
At-Large: Cecilia Russo Turner​, Cecilia Russo Marketing
At-Large: Taffanye Young, City of Savannah​

Returning Board Members:
David Burkoff, HunterMaclean
Judge Lisa Colbert, Chatham County Superior Court
Stephanie Cutter, Chatham Area Transit Authority
Jennifer Davenport, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce & Visit Savannah
Marsha Fogarty, WTOC
Catherine Grant, ExperCARE
Susan Hancock, Abshire Public Relations
Ben Hart, WJCL
David Hart, WSAV
Tonia Howard-Hall, Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education
Nick Jennings, Georgia Power
Bill Kelso, Goodwill of Southeast Georgia
Dr. John Lester, Georgia Southern University
Dr. Ann Levett, Retired
Sam McCachern, Thomas & Hutton
Jeff O’Connor, First Citizens Bank
Ryan Price, JE Dunn Construction
Lisette Ricelli, Agenda Latina
Pritpal Singh, LEFT LANE Development
Ricky Temple, Overcoming by Faith
Dr. Mike Toma, Georgia Southern University
Julia Tyre, Memorial Health
Patrick Wall, St. Joseph’s/Candler
Judge Derek White, Chatham County State Court
Aaron Wilborn, Dick Broadcasting
Linda Wilder-Bryan, Savannah City Council 

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